We are waaaay overdue for a Bike News Roundup. So I hope you’re ready to sink the rest of your day into a couple weeks of interesting transportation news from around the region and the world.
First up! The Late Late Show’s James Corden takes on some amazing NIMBY opposition to bike lanes in Coronado, California. Maybe he could visit Mercer Island next?
- Dear Mercer Island: Public Space is for Public Use | Seattle Transit Blog – Seriously, wow Mercer Island. This is just embarrassing.
- Neighborhood Street Fund Projects Moving Along! West Woodland Complete, Lake to Bay Underway
- Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Names Barb Chamberlain Nonprofit Professional of the Year – Washington Bikes
- Street parking in Seattle is not a problem for everyone | The Seattle Times
- Let’s Talk About Lane Width – Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
- My Ballard » Wounded Warrior bicycles stolen in Ballard
- What counting every Pike/Pine pedestrian on a summer night reveals | CHS Capitol Hill Seattle
- What Peace Looks Like: Rainier Vista’s Beautify the Block Party | South Seattle Emerald
- Pump gas in Seattle, get warning you’re harming the earth? | The Seattle Times
- I was featured in Sound Transit’s Sound Advice series
- Editorial: Keep the John Wayne Trail intact – Spokesman.com – Oct. 1, 2015
- Pump gas in Seattle, get warning you’re harming the earth? | The Seattle Times
- Briefing: John Wayne Pioneer TrailWashington Bikes
- Idled Bertha may add $78M to its cost for tunnel, state says | The Seattle Times – And just like that… Poof! Enough money for 78 miles of very high quality bike routes go up in smoke.
- New Protected Bike Lanes Open in the University District | The Urbanist
- Jerry Baker rides on | Cascade Bicycle Club
- Washington’s Fight for Bike and Pedestrian Funding: The Need for Constant Vigilance | PreventObesity.net
- The New Gas Station on Rainier Is Everything We Don’t Need – Slog – The Stranger
- Volunteers make improvements to John Wayne Pioneer Trail in eastern WA » Biking Bis
- It’s official: Portland city council passes bike share plan 4-0 – BikePortland.org
- At 101 stories, proposed Seattle skyscraper will be West Coast’s tallest – Puget Sound Business Journal
- Seattle Speaks: Move Seattle (Poll) | Seattle CityClub
- Stop Building Mediocre Parklets, Start Building Pavement Parks – Next City
- Urbanists Should Stop Trying to Justify Their Movement with Social Justice Overtures | Seattle Politics | Seattle Met
- Ballard Preservation Society – This is amazing.
- Man hit by car, critically injured in Seattle’s Central District | KOMO News
- Meet The 73-Year-Old Man Who Won The First STP And Rode In All The Rest | KUOW
- Voters use caution: Buzzword bottleneck ahead | The Seattle Times – Caution: Columnist writing garbage ahead.
- SDOT and AARP Seattle Partner to Achieve Vision Zero | SDOT Blog
- Why there are new beige markings on 12th Ave | CHS Capitol Hill Seattle
- SPU official struck, killed while riding bike in Central Wash. | KOMO News
- Guest Editorial: To Improve Public Transportation in Seattle, the City Council Should Pass an Employee Hours Tax – Slog – The Stranger
- On “scale” issue, a battle between neighborhoods and City Hall | Crosscut
- Why the Restaurant Industry Hates Postmates – Food & Drink – The Stranger
- Insurers sue to avoid paying $143M for Bertha repairs | The Seattle Times
- Bicyclist struck, killed by SUV near Port Townsend | KOMO News
- Driver Cited After Bicycle Rider Provides Video of Careless Driving to Police (Photo) | Portland PD
- Car slams into garage on Rainier Ave. South, setting it ablaze | Q13 FOX News
- Let’s Bring Back the Employee Hours Tax, and Make it Good This Time | Seattle Transit Blog
- City Council Applauds Shared Parking | Seattle Met
- Mayor Murray: Seattle is meeting growth’s challenges | The Seattle Times
- Bicyclist hit by SUV on East Smith Road | Bellingham Herald
- Drivers, bicyclists to navigate new bike boxes in Bellingham | Bellingham Herald
- How the S Hinds Street Stairway improves biking connections | SDOT Blog
- Bainbridge business owner, cycling activist remembered for her spirit – Kitsap Sun
- King County revisiting Lake Washington ferry expansion | King 5
Halftime Show! Seattle Channel’s CityStream looks at bike commuting:
National & Global News
- America’s first protected intersection is open in Davis – and working like a charm | PeopleForBikes
- Woman pleads guilty to booby-trapping North Shore trails | News Talk 980 CKNW
- Google and Aclima Will Map Air Quality in L.A., San Francisco, and California’s Central Valley – CityLab
- Urban Adonia: Unsolicited Advice for Vision Zero
- The hidden inequality of who dies in car crashes – The Washington Post
- Stop Calling My Daughter’s Death a Car Accident | WIRED
- Ireland’s transport minister rules out making cycle helmets compulsory | road.cc
- Salt Lake City Cuts Car Parking, Adds Bike Lanes, Sees Retail Boost | Streetsblog USA
- The story of “ghost bikes”: How a bike memorial in St. Louis sparked a global movement | Grist
- County Gov Bullies Missouri Town Into Abandoning a Safer Main Street | Streetsblog.net
- Paris Cut Smog by Nearly Half on the City’s First ‘Car-Free’ Day – CityLab
- 2,000 more miles of U.S. Bicycle Routes added in 6 states » Biking Bis
- twin city sidewalks: Misleading Misdirection from David Glass on Bike Lanes – Seattle’s bike plan most certainly is NOT to stop building bike lanes.
- 1.5 million bikes with front disc brakes recalled » Biking Bis
- The First Decade of BikePortland.org as a Cycling Route Elevation Profile – Willamette Week
- ‘I lost part of my heart’: Beloved White House staffer Jake Brewer mourned – The Washington Post
- San Francisco Ordinance Would Allow Rolling Bicycle Stops « CBS San Francisco
- Hancock Administration Poised to Adopt Vision Zero Plan | Streetsblog Denver
- 12 things Montreal wants to change about Quebec’s laws for cyclists | Montreal Gazette
- Cleveland Traffic Engineer Puts Buffer on the Wrong Side of the Bike Lane | Streetsblog USA
- Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities | SurgeonGeneral.gov
- Hickenlooper promises $100 million to make Colorado “the best state for biking” in the country – The Denver Post
- Residents to weigh in on Des Peres walking and biking plan | STL Today – Some truly amazing NIMBY quotes in this story.
- Why is kids’ bike safety soaring? It’s not that kids are biking less | PeopleForBikes
- Why don’t motorists wear helmets? | Motoring
- Survey: Protected bike lanes have seven times the impact of striped ones | PeopleForBikes
- Feds to Traffic Engineers: Use Our Money to Build Protected Bike Lanes | Streetsblog USA
- De Blasio’s Times Square Idea Isn’t Progressive — NYMag
- CDC: Make Cycling Safer With Protected Bike Lanes and Lower Speed Limits | Streetsblog.net
- Omaha Bikes – Concur! Omaha now has a complete streets policy!
- World’s first ‘unstealable bike’ goes into production | KRON4.com
- North Carolina: Tell State Lawmakers Not to Outlaw Road Diets — Today | Streetsblog USA
- Study: Uber Reduces Drunk Driving Deaths | Streetsblog USA
- 2 Ferguson activists charged with attacking driver during I-70 shutdown | STL Today – Woman drives car into crowd of people protesting the legacy of white flight: No charges. Protesters punch woman driving into them: Several days in jail.
- Car crashes kill too many people: Public transit, walking, and biking could make life safer.
- L.A. will add bike and bus lanes, cut car lanes in sweeping policy shift – LA Times
- As other cities build protected bike lanes, Boulder plans a rollback | PeopleForBikes
This is an open thread.
Why does the city allow large RVs to park on the North part of 20th Ave W and Gilman Ave W for long periods of time? One RV is so large it takes up the whole parking spot and “bike lane”. I tried riding on the sidewalk instead but found that not to be such a great option since the concrete sections have wide gaps. It’s like riding down a rutted concrete road. Definitely not made for bikes.
I can’t answer your question, but north of Dravus there is no bike lane, just a shoulder with remnants of ancient bike stencil paint. It’s perfectly safe to take the lane on 20th Ave W and Gilman Ave W, much safer than hugging the doors of parked vehicles – the center turn lane gives motor vehicles plenty of space to pass.
It’s signed as a bike lane, so it should be enforced as a bike lane.
Similar stuff is common on parts of Greenwood, Green Lake Way, 8th Ave NW, and other places where there’s no marked separation between the bike lane and parking space. It’s an outdated, car-centric bike lane design, but that doesn’t make the parking behavior OK.
The RV’s are a nuisance.
The city has done little, other than the occasional “round-em-ups”, to rid the industrial area of the squatters and drug addicts.
It’s strange to me, as an avid bicycle commuter, that the cyclists in Seattle aren’t taking a harder stance against the surly hobo infestation along the bike routes. These places were once pretty safe at night, and now anyone with common sense avoids the stretch of Burke-Gilman between Hale’s Brewery and the Ballard Bridge after dark.
“hobo infestation” is a disgusting way to refer to human beings. Check yourself.
You do realize that James drives a GIANT Range Rover to and from work in LA. Just 90 miles north of these people he mocks????? It’s cute you try and use this without knowing much about him. Google car lipsynch James Corden, and see just how he behaves in a giant SUV. Let’s bring him north!! He’s safe for bikes!